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Messages - Darren Henry

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General Discussion / Re: Button Machine problems
« on: August 30, 2010, 09:06:50 PM »
The block; I like to use a chunk of 2X? and then put a piece of sole leather or heel lift if that all fits under your press. If not use 1X?.This allows the cutter to pass through all the layers and still get past any nicks/dead spots.

Sharpening: drive a piece of dowel into the cutter so that it just pokes out the business end. This will prevent the inside edge from burring. You have to be consistent with the amount of material you take off otherwise you are going to end up slanted. (i.e one edge is longer than the other so you have to push the long side well into the heel lift before the short side goes all the way through. ) If the cutter is out of square or badly nicked; don't be afraid to square it up first. Trust me it will all work out in the sharpening process.

General Discussion / Re: Making a Pattern
« on: August 30, 2010, 08:45:36 PM »
Like Saddleman; if I want to re-use the pattern alot I use cheap wall panelling. It doesn't take up much room the,the edges don't get compromised and I have just reminded myself how much faster they are than a soft template. I'm on the last volley of 40 some bar stools for a bar here in Brandon and made myself a paneling template for one piece but am using soft patterns for the other pieces. It is so much faster to trace something that doesn't need to be flattened or held or coddled to keep it put.

June's comment on size kick started my last two brain cells. You're smaller parts can be cut out of the centre of the template for the larger pieces. I like to drill a hole in the "corner" so that I can tie and hang the set together and try to remember to label them well along with any special notes or dimensions (i.e border is 5"X 65")

General Discussion / Re: OK, I Gotta know!
« on: August 17, 2010, 08:45:38 PM »
when I moved to Florida I did catch myself slipping a few time at inaproprate times

It was so common place in the Armed forces up here that I don't even hear it unless it comes with "the tone".

From high school I headed off to my basic artillery course where it was used as punctuation or a chance to finish composing one's thoughts. We also only had 7-20 minutes to eat our meal,finish our coffee and have a smoke. Mom was not impressed when I came home after the course for a couple of days before heading off to university. She had made all my favorites and laid out a wonderful meal. When I had finished my first helping I asked for some more potatoes. The deafening silence made me lift my head off of my plate and set down both my fork and my wine glass. It was upon review that I discovered that Dad was only just getting his and mom was next, and that I had hollered to pass the f'n potatoes . Dad and I had a little "chat" out in the shop after supper. Jesus and mommy still love me, but I learned to change gears when I got in out of the field. LOL

By the time I took my detachment commander's course it had the same impact on the human mind as the word "if" (your brain doesn't process it). The one instructor was quite prone to  throwing in an extra syllable and I didn't catch it until my loading number repeated the ammunition order.Those flares that we used to shoot out there for the grunts at the front lines are not really called  "Illum-i-f***'n-ation ,charge 5". Oopsy.

General Discussion / Re: Slow down pulleys
« on: August 17, 2010, 08:21:06 PM »
You can also tinker with the linkage between the treadle and the motor.  All of those things help.  But, IMO, there is no substitute for practice.

No disrespect Bobbin; You're dead right that any skill will improve with practice. However, only good practice is effective. If you keep beating your head against a machine that is not set up correctly, you are wasting your time and re-enforcing bad habits. That "tinkering" with the linkage is only the beginning, but the machine has to be set up and addressed correctly ( see volumes 5-8 of my rants on that LOL). I've been tackin' rags for over 15 years after making shoes for 5 years and I have yet to work in a shop that didn't have at least one machine that no one liked or that wouldn't "behave" until I re-set it. The rub is that until you have the experience you really aren't sure what to re-set it to. sewing machine tables are almost infinitely adjustable and have to fit the operator. And the operator has to has to be in the right place/position. You wouldn't borrow some one's car and blame yourself that you can't see behind you because you didn't adjust the mirrors, or grind off some gears 'cause you can't get the clutch to the floor, now would you? Approach it just like getting into a new vehicle. Pretend you have no muscles , only skeleton and joints and get your joints over the machine's and have everything where it is comfortable to reach and the best visibility.

>Is the table a comfortable height? ( loosen the 4 bolts and re-set. Set your chair first and take a look)
>Straight behind the needle?
>chair set so that thigh is parallel to floor? ( just behind the knee should be off the chair a wee bit)
>Lower leg perpendicular?
>Ankle over the pivot point of the treadle?
>angle of the treadle comfortable? ( adjust bracket between the two rods)
>degree of travel required to engage clutch okay? (move the top rod to one of the other holes on the clutch arm)
>Amount of resistance comfortable? (adjust wing nut on shaft above clutch arm)
>Is the knee lift "right there" on a comfortable part of your body without accidentally getting engaged?

I'm not discounting servos, speed reducers, or anything else. I'm just saying one has to have the basic corner stones covered to make a decisions that's right for them, and to make any practice worthwhile.

General Discussion / Re: Mojo's Friday Funnies
« on: August 17, 2010, 07:21:01 PM »
I'm a little late chiming in , but as you've seen I haven't had time to pop in in a couple of weeks.

Jesus in a bar;

An Aussie, an Irishman and a Newfoundlander were sitting in a bar , all looking at another guy across the room who looked familiar. Finally the Irishman pipes up "that's Jesus". They agree and decide to each buy him a beer so send the waitress over with a bottle of Foster's lager,a pint of quiness and a bottle of ten penny. Jesus nods and sips away at the beer. Once he's finished Jesus comes over and shakes the Aussie's hand and thanks him for the lager. The Aussie goes " It's a miracle. My bum knee quit hurting after all these years". He then thanks the Irishman who proclaims " Lord be to paddy; my chronic back back is gone!" . When Jesus turns to the Newphy He dives into the back corner of the booth  screaming " Lord thunderin'  don't touch me man I'm on Worker's comp".

General Discussion / Re: Have You Ever Referred Work Out ?
« on: August 17, 2010, 07:00:36 PM »
Do right by people and it will come back to you.

Amen. Remember your stitching is only half of what you're selling. If you're not in a position to provide the customer service you are so famous for you should farm it out.That money you didn't make is probably the best advertising  dollars you will spend this year.

General Discussion / Re: Shake & Bake
« on: June 29, 2010, 06:58:57 AM »
when they realized that the cod stocks were in decline they introduced some very tight quotos but that didn't stop foreign fisherman. Then green piece decided that seals were too cute to be part of the food chain and shut down the seal hunt despite warnings that seals eat cod. The seal population grew quickly and ate the rest of the cod. So yes it's true it happened and that alot of people had relied on that economy but I don't think it's fair to sayn thae Newfies overfished it.

I don't think that they are any more reluctant to leave their families and home to find work than any other demographic. In fact the opposite is probably true with 10% of the available workforce working away from home. When the tar sands were booming 1/3 of the workers in Fort Macmurray were from the Rock .

I've heard more stories of not being able to keep people in teh oil patch because of the retarded cost of living than of not being able to find replacements.

General Discussion / Re: Shake & Bake
« on: June 28, 2010, 09:29:51 PM »
They buy blocks of frozen fish from... yes, China.

China is the least scary source. They can buy fish from anywhere on the planet and flog it (under Canadian laws) as "product of Canada" by sole virtue of greatest % of cost was paid in Canada. Scares ya to think the box cost more than the content.  >:(

I had no idea that the Newfies fished out their Cod to the point that the government shut down all commercial fishing of Cod. They stated that it put 40,000 Newfies out of work.

I have also heard they have a hard time finding oil workers and the Newfies refuse to leave their area for work elsewhere.

there is some truth and a lot of mis-information there. I've been stuck to the phone for an hour and two more calls to make before I can eat . I'll get back to you ASAP. I'm sorry.

General Discussion / Re: Morbid, but cool
« on: June 28, 2010, 07:56:30 PM »
after we left the house this song came on the radio.kinda like a llast ride

That sort of thing makes you think doesn't it ? Even if your chosen religion/beliefs preclude it, we must be more than worm bait when we're gone. When I got to Dad"s he was going to smash a clock Winnie and I had bought Mom and throw it out because he had  fixed it once and it was not working again. I suggested otherwise (thought Win might like to have it) and wound up with it (I do like a good pun). When I reset it, it runs fine until a specific time and stalls. Even after it stalls though, the pendulum would twitch like it was trying to swing. Once her ashes were scattered, it came to a dead stop. Creepy.

General Discussion / Re: Here is a big girl.
« on: June 28, 2010, 07:32:28 PM »
Sweet lines. I think either of the "Bluenoses" would have to trim their sails to keep up with that.

General Discussion / Re: Come on Down Darren
« on: June 28, 2010, 07:25:10 PM »
Red Snapper is my favorite, but hard to come by and expensive

Rodger that. I've seen it in stores here but holy cow  :o I could buy T-bones for Buddy and I and a nice bottle of wine for what my serving would cost.

Up here it's salmon or lake trout (closest fresh water cousin to salmon) on the cedar plank. Most other game fish are too delicate and the smoke overpowers them.

Catfish has a bit of a sweet taste to it. It is a mellow tasting fish ( when cleaned properly ) and lends itself to being battered well. .

I don't remember if you were around when we talked about Bourbot a couple of years ago but they are a fresh water member of the cod family that look like a cat fish and an eel may have been indiscreet . Most people don't eat them because they are ugly bottom feeders and hard to skin. But they do live up to their reputation as "poor mans lobster or cod". Boil up the back half and use the front in a neuberg, battered , or in sherry and challots.

Of course green fried maters is the ultimate side dish with catfish

I haven't made those in years. When I were a lad my uncle often had that on the menu at breakfast before we went hunting. It wasn't until the movie "fried green tomatoes" came out years later that people quit looking at me like I had three heads when I suggested frying tomatoes. LOL.

General Discussion / Morbid, but cool
« on: June 27, 2010, 04:01:12 PM »
Completely unrelated to what this site is about; but we've ben friends for so long I had to share. I was back home yesterday for my nephew's high school grad. As you know Mom passed away 24 April. Sheila (my sister) had cleaned out Mom's closet and presented us all with an unusual remebrance of Mom before Tyler's service. She had taken Mom's most "signature" outfits and had them made into quilts. They each had our names embroidered on top and Mom's dates on the bottom. there are pieces of her favorite jeans, That frilly pink sweater she loved, etc.. in everyone's little "blankey". Chokes me up , but thought it was unique and something someone might want to think about when they have to deal with this.

General Discussion / Re: Have a nice July
« on: June 27, 2010, 02:12:25 PM »
How about Roy Rogers and his most famous, really famous, but obviously not so famous north of the border (USA border, that is), Happy Trails!!!

You're dead right. I guess I was having a brain freeze. He was the most watched of the lot and I completely forgot about him and Dale. Now I have to go scrape the rest of this egg out of my handlebar mustache. They say the memory is the second thing to go , right after.....what ever the other thing is.

I hope this doesn't offend; but once saw a really funny cartoon caption. A cowboy is dragging a horse be the halter,the horse is standing on a flat cart. The caption reads " Roy Rogers pulling his trigger"

(I'll describe it to you guys one day -let's just say we sat in lawn chairs and watched it on a cement block wall that was painted white).

When Sheila and I were kids, Dad put up a forty foot all channel antenae and we got all three channels available in rural Manitoba: CBC (canada bradcast system) english,CBC french, and snow LOL. Later CKND (local tv from Winnipeg).

One of my jobs while I was in school was as a projectionist at the local theatre ( Turs/Fri night with a new feature Sat). We had two lamps that ran on a carbon arc light provide by converted dc power and two carbon rods tha had to be re-alighned and maintaind through out the entire 5-6 reels of a movie.If you've ever watched an old movie ( say TCN) you'll see balck dots pop up in the top right corner of the pictue . At the first one you sparked up the other projector,and then 10 seconds later you switched over to that projector at the next dot and cooled the first one down as you manually rewound that reel for the next showing and fiddled with the alighnment of the two carbon rods.

Who was it sang that we had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sun--but the wine and the song, like the seasons are all gone? Susan Jack? I wouldn't trade my upbringing for what my neice/nephew's school mates have. Raised on Barney videos,play station, and a microwave; most can't do much more than wash their hands and lord help us if the power goes out. They'd never figure out how to read a book or plant a garden,much less do any work.

General Discussion / Re: Come on Down Darren
« on: June 27, 2010, 01:40:54 PM »
While cat fishing is becoming more popular here,especially on the Red river north of Winnipeg, I've yet to taste cat's. Too spoiled with alll the  other species I guess. You're menu sounds great. If I win the lotto and can afford to go further than the mail box for a change we're on.

I've heard of this "sport" of your's. I don't think it has caught on here yet, but can't say for sure. I do have some concerns about the physics though.Maybe it's the metric; but I can't see feeding a hundred and teen pounds of don't float,chain smoker, to a 45 pound fish in zero visability as a good odds prospect. NIneteen , with a gut full of hooch, you might have goaded me into it. Now, I think I'll just stap on a tank and use the Illinois approach. I'll let it take me for a walk (swim??) until it gets tired then pass you the rope. LOL

General Discussion / Re: How do you store your webbing ?
« on: June 27, 2010, 01:06:34 PM »
While I never got around to building one; I had plans to build a portable stand with a length ( or two ) or conduit and a number of discs cut from 1/4" (6mm) plywood to replace those useless paper packaging as seen on hook and loop fastner . I intended to put a spring over the conduit to hold the discs firmly against the webbing/hook and loop etc...My theory being that pins would hold the "other" webbings  and a piece of opposite hook/loop would do the same for the velcro etc... Knowing that I have a brain like a forty pound smarty; I intended to be sure to load them so that they unwound counter-clockwise so that when I forgot to secure them all the ones not being used wrapped back up. Much like people with cats or small children making sure the toilet paper gets loaded the right way round.

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